Three workers from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport pleaded not guilty in federal court in Atlanta on Tuesday afternoon to charges they conspired to smuggle drugs and money through airports and onto airplanes for cash.
Two of the workers, Jon Patton, 44, of Lawrenceville and Andre Mays, 24, of Atlanta are employed by the Transportation Safety Administration, the federal agency whose workers screen travelers for illegal contraband, including drugs.
I found the quote above in this old article I had saved in Google Reader. I had left it in my queue to remind myself to write a posting about it. This article piqued my interest because it brings up an important argument of why Real ID will not succeed in making the United States safer or deter illegal immigration.
You may recall my earlier post on Real ID where I explained that as long as there was a human factor in the issuance and maintenance of Real ID, it would never be successful. This incident in Atlanta, which occurred back in February, further proves my point that no security mechanism is foolproof when there is a human factor involved. People will always be corruptible.
The Real ID mandate simply does not win in a cost-benefit analysis when compared to the civil liberties and privacy invasions that are sure to plague this new National ID card. And yes, it is a National ID card regardless of what politicians may tell you.
Do some research for yourself, you’ll see what I’m talking about.
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